Laparoscopic approach in the treatment of epiphrenic diverticula: long-term results

  • A. Del Genio
  • G. RossettiEmail author
  • V. Maffettone
  • A. Renzi
  • L. Brusciano
  • P. Limongelli
  • D. Cuttitta
  • G. Russo
  • G. Del Genio
Original article



Thoracotomy represents the traditional surgical approach for the treatment of epiphrenic diverticula. A mini-invasive procedure has been reported in only few series. This article describes the authors’ experience with the laparoscopic approach for performing diverticulectomy, myotomy and Nissen–Rossetti fundoplication.


From 1994 to 2002, 13 patients (6 men and 7 women), mean age 57 years (range 45–71 years), with symptomatic epiphrenic diverticulum underwent laparoscopic diverticulectomy, myotomy, and Nissen–Rossetti fundoplication.


The mean operative time was 145 min (range 110–180 min). No operative mortality was observed. The mean hospital stay was 13.9 days (range 7–25 years). The first three patients (23.1%) who underwent surgery experienced a partial disruption of the suture staple line. One patient (7.7%) died of a myocardial infarction. After a mean clinical follow-up period of 58 months (range 3–96 months), all the patients were symptom free.


Laparoscopic management of epiphrenic diverticula seems to be as safe and effective as the traditional approach, although a longer follow-up period is necessary to confirm the study results.


Dysphagia Esophageal manometry Epiphrenic diverticulum Laparoscopy Antireflux procedure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Del Genio
    • 1
  • G. Rossetti
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • V. Maffettone
    • 1
  • A. Renzi
    • 1
  • L. Brusciano
    • 1
  • P. Limongelli
    • 1
  • D. Cuttitta
    • 1
  • G. Russo
    • 1
  • G. Del Genio
    • 1
  1. 1.First Division of General and Gastrointestinal SurgerySecond University of NaplesNaplesItaly
  2. 2.NaplesItaly

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